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The Art of Alice by Dave Marshall
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May 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, arc-galley, ebook, fairy-tales-retold, magical-reality, manga-and-comics, artbook, reviewed, net-galley
Read from May 16 to 17, 2011

When “Alice” first came out for the PC, I picked it right up and played it through. I’ve been a fan since its inception, I guess you could say, and to hear that it’s getting a reboot for the new-generation vidya game consoles is a very happy thing (especially since graphics and movement have improved a whole hell of a lot since that initial PC-only release. This book is basically one giant cocktease of the art to come in that reboot.

I guess what my biggest issue with this artbook, however, is that it’s all art. There are some pieces of commentary in there, but I was hoping for more discussion on what was improved on within the game and why by people other than McGee. The art, however, wins it, and thus the four stars. It’s kind of like food porn – you know, cookbooks with luscious pictures of yummy food in it that you can just drool over for hours. But there’s no real sustenance there.

I do enjoy the line art pages, though. Those give a hint at the skeleton of this new reboot for the new-gen consoles, but nothing else really does. If you like pretty pictures and are a fan of the original game, or if you’re just into everything “Alice in Wonderland”-related anyway, you’ll probably really love this book for what it is: an art book. I guess this one’s on me for expecting more than what was implied and promised. I’m kind of bad at that.

Still, I encourage everyone (of age) to pick up the game and play it if you can, be it the original version or the new one. It’s fun, and it’s a very new take on the “Alice” tale, one that gave birth to lots of goth kids in the 90s obsessed with malicious Cheshire Cats. This book is definitely a feast for the eyes, but it will leave you hungry for more in the end.

(crossposted to librarything, shelfari, and witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com)
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